From Laoag City, I rode further North to Pagudpud and Bangui to experience the breathtaking structure of the Bangui Windmills, the pristine beaches of Pagudpud, and the nearby picture-perfect sites.
For the second installment of my adventure to the majestic north, I went further up Ilocos Norte and visited the town of Bangui and Pagudpud. These two locations are quite popular specifically for the Bangui Windmills and the fine white sand beaches of Pagudpud. However, there are also some side trip locations worth visiting which can be toured and enjoyed for a whole picture-taking day.
Since my hotel was in Laoag City, I had to take an ordinary bus and travel for two hours to get to Bangui and Pagudpud. There are also options for taking an air-conditioned bus but I just decided to go local. Upon arriving in Pagudpud, I hired a tricycle that will take me to different locations in Pagudpud.
Our first stop took my breath away…the Patapat Viaduct. Named as the 4th longest bridge in the Philippines, this 1.3km concrete coastal bridge set on a mountain side gives a good view of the vast open sea, connecting the Maharlika Highway from Laoag City to the Cagayan Valley Region.
Next, we were brought to the locally-famous rock formations by the sea namely the Timangtang rock formation and the Bantay Abot Cave. Also nearby is the blue lagoon, which can be a good surfing destination on a windy high tide sunny day. Of course, our trip wouldn’t be complete without visiting the fine white sand beaches of Saud Beach in Pagudpud.
For our final location, we went to the towering windmills of Bangui. Officially called the North Wind Bangui Bay Project, these magnificent structures were set as practice and example for renewable energy source to help reduce greenhouse effect. The grand wind turbines facing the South China Sea is considered to be the biggest in Southeast Asia. Might I say, more “Fans” in the Philippines!